In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul elaborates on, in a most wonderful way, the God-given, Christ-secured, Holy Spirit-applied privileges of the Christian life. Here, perhaps more than anywhere else in the New Testament, we are brought face to face with the “unsearchable riches of Christ” (3:8). Step by adoring step, Paul introduces us to the spiritual blessings that are the predestined, blood-bought privileges of all who have put their self-abandoning trust in Jesus Christ. His letter to the Ephesians is a spiritual Mount Everest, turning us away from ourselves and placing the spotlight of God’s great salvation wholly on Christ.
“Many times, however, these ‘how to’ books on the Christian life fail to appreciate that how we live the Christian life flows out of how we think about Jesus Christ and the great salvation He has won by His life, death, and resurrection.” (Page 131)
“He calls this the ‘unity of the Spirit’ because men and women do not and cannot create it” (Page 133)
“Children are planted in the soil of their parents’ relationship. What children see in their parents will deeply influence how they respond to God’s command to them to obey and honor their parents. Often when children in the church are rebellious, their rebellion is the fruit of the spiritual dysfunction of their parents’ relationship. Where husbands are not selflessly loving their wives and where wives do not submissively love their husbands, the spiritual fallout can be deadly.” (Page 234)
“In classical Greek, this word 3 was used to describe strength under control, sometimes of a horse under the harness. It has nothing to do with weakness—indeed, the opposite. The gentle are the strong who have found in union with Christ the grace of self-control (it is interesting that in Galatians 5:23, Paul juxtaposes gentleness and self-control within the fruit of the Spirit).” (Page 136)
“But within the Trinity, the Father takes the lead in originating salvation, the Son in accomplishing salvation, and the Holy Spirit in applying salvation. The Holy Trinity together is actively involved in every phase of creation, providence, redemption, and consummation.” (Pages 16–17)
The Lectio Continua series is not meant to be an academic or highly technical series. Rather, the aim is to provide lectio continua sermons which clearly and faithfully communicate the context, meaning, gravity and application of God’s inerrant Word. Each volume of expositions aspires to be redemptive-historical, covenantal, Reformed and confessional, trinitarian, person-and-work-of-Christ-centered, and teeming with practical application. Therefore, the series will be a profound blessing to every Christian believer who longs to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The greatest need of the church today is the recovery of sound biblical preaching that faithfully explains and applies the text, courageously confronts sin, and boldly trumpets forth the sovereign majesty, law, and promises of God. It is for this reason that I am pleased to introduce The Lectio Continua Expository Commentary on the New Testament, a new series of expository commentaries authored by an array of seasoned pastor-scholars from various Reformed denominations on both sides of the Atlantic.